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President Attends Prayer Service For Boston Bombing Victims

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Mourners lined up for hours Thursday in hopes of getting a seat at an interfaith service where President Barack Obama eulogized the marathon bombing victims. NY1's Lindsey Christ filed the following report.

BOSTON - Inside the cathedral, children cried as they sang about peace. Outside, a less formal choir sang about patriotism.

Three days after the attacks that killed three and wounded more than 170, an emotional memorial service celebrated the city of Boston and the people from all over the world affected by the attacks.

"Since the clock struck that fateful hour, love has covered this resilient city," said Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. "I have never loved it and its people more than I do today."

The president and first lady attended, along with victims, first responders and family members. But anyone was welcome, and they came from all over and stayed up all night to save a place in line.

"I am hoping today I can shake some of the anger. I don't typically get angry," said Anthony Wilcox, who attended the service. "I think this is going to be part of the healing process."

Menino, Boston's longtime mayor, was in a hospital with a broken leg when the blasts went off. But during the service, he stood up from his wheelchair. It was a service focused on getting back up and loving, even those who you normally might not.

"We even love New York City more," Menino said. "Sweet Caroline played at Yankee Stadium. Our city's flag flying in Lower Manhattan."

President Barack Obama said that people from all over the world feel connected to Boston. He came to Boston as a young man to study law.

"Like you, Michelle and I have walked these streets," Obama said. "Like you, we know these neighborhoods. And like you, in this moment of grief, we join you in saying, 'Boston, you're my home.'"

Some who were in the Cathedral later told NY1 that the president seemed to understand their grief and their pride.

"He highlighted how this is a city that really captures the spirit of the whole country in a lot of ways, and a city with a lot of character and a lot of grit," said Dr. Nicolas Colacchio, who works at the Tufts Medical Center.

After speaking about each of the three who were killed, the president addressed the wounded, many of whom lost their legs.

"We will all be with you as you learn to stand and walk and, yes, run again," Obama said. "Of that I have no doubt. You will run again." ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP